mistreat or neglect a person, particularly as to one for whom the actor has
special responsibility by virtue of a relationship, e.g., spouse, child,
elderly parent, or one for whom the actor has undertaken a duty of care, e.g.,
to use an object in an
illegal or unreasonable manner.
The mental or physical
mistreatment of a person, frequently resulting in serious emotional, mental,
physical, and/or sexual injury.
The intentional or neglectful abuse, which includes sexual mistreatment,
inflicted on a child.
- A parent or caregiver’s intentional
or neglectful act or failure to act that results in a child’s abuse,
exploitation, or death.
- An act or failure to act that
results in a possibility of immediate and serious harm to a child. See also battered person syndrome
The abuse of an elderly person by his or her child or caregiver, that
may include battery, verbal abuse, isolation, and the denial or deprivation of
- An illegal sexual act.
- Unlawful sexual
activity or contact with a person without her consent. The activity or contact
is usually imposed by the use of force or threats of violence. The application
of the term varies, but it is usually applied to activities or contact that do not
amount to rape,
but sometimes the term includes rape. Also called carnal abuse and sex abuse.
. The abuse inflicted on a person by his or her spouse. See also battered person syndrome and cruelty